Paul Kearns is clearly no fan of theCIPD (Comment, 13 March 2001). According to him, the institute lacks therespect of government and business. It disregards its customers. Itsprofessional qualification has dubious value. It is “a sleepy hollow”.Objective, or what? Empty rhetoric, more like. And rhetoric that shows that MrKearns is seriously out of touch.He clearly isn’t aware of frequentCIPD exchanges with ministers and senior civil servants. Of extensive CIPDmembership of government working groups on employment issues. Of TreasuryMinister Stephen Timms’ involvement in the institute’s research on managementeducation and corporate competitiveness. Margaret Hodge’s letter to the Times,praising the CIPD’s policy and actions on age discrimination, escaped his attention.A picture of “little respect”, or one of Mr Kearns’ lack of knowledge?Nor is there a lack of businessrespect for the CIPD. Those of us running winning organisations welcome theCIPD’s business-orientated approach. Its research programmes are a good example.A key criterion for a good profession is a strong knowledge base that securesits policy positions. The institute’s groundbreaking research on the positiveimpact of effective people management and development on business performanceis one of a number of real-world contributions to business needs. Moreover, the CIPD networks ofpractitioner advisory panels run research seminars and business-based projectsteering groups. Its member-led branches contribute to professional knowledgeand practice, public policy and members’ learning. Around the world, the CIPDis admired for its professional standards, research and member services.Mr Kearns’ criticisms of theprofessional qualification simply do not stack up. The recently reviewedqualification scheme standards articulate what it takes to be a “thinkingperformer”. They are about business management, not textbook approaches. Thatis what we in business want from value-contributing specialists who areexpected to build their careers progressively as strategic business partners.We will develop their business acumen – the qualification is their startingpoint. The CIPD qualification is popularamong employers, those entering specialist careers, and non-specialists too.Those who are CIPD qualified earn more on average than those who are not.CIPD members are equal with otherprofessionals in developing their careers in competitive and demandingcircumstances. But Mr Kearns has long been a critic of the CIPD and his mindappears to be made up. Those of us in business think theCIPD is more alert and relevant to our interests and needs than he realises. Itis a well-led, progressive institute of which we should be proud. Semi-detachedcritics on the sidelines cannot undermine what the CIPD and its members areachieving.By Bob Morton, head of HRD, CIBASpeciality Chemicals and past CIPD vice-president, international Why government and business respect CIPDOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
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